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Chiricahua Desert Museum

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Address: 4 Rattlesnake Canyon Road, 4 Rattlesnake Canyon Road, Rodeo, NM 88056
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+1 575-557-5757
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09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
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A beautiful stop along Historic Route 80NM. Open 7 Days a week 9-5pm....

A beautiful stop along Historic Route 80NM. Open 7 Days a week 9-5pm. Closed only Christmas Day and Thanksgiving Day. Hundreds of Reptiles on Exhibit. A stunning gift shop and two out door desert garden areas complete with a running creek and pond. Photographers delight in the abundance of wildlife. Come see us soon.

Adults $7.00

Youth 12 and Under, Seniors 55 and over, Active Military,and First Reponders $5.00

Children 5 and under a free with a paid gaurdian.

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Great museum and a must visit when in the area.....

We stopped in to this lovely museum when camped in Rodeo. What a wonderful experience. Caring and very knowledgeable folks run this museum with great exhibits and an excellent... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Philbytx
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Kerrville, Texas
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Kerrville, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stopped in to this lovely museum when camped in Rodeo. What a wonderful experience. Caring and very knowledgeable folks run this museum with great exhibits and an excellent museum shop. You will learn much about the area and also rattlesnakes!

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Boulder, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

The two most interesting aspects for me: 1) live exhibits of at least 17 different species of rattlesnakes that live is this area of NM/AZ; 2) a couple of the walls were covered in paintings of rattlesnakes and other herps and reptiles by various artists. Exhibits of local history are also in the museum. An art gallery and gift shop... More 

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Welshpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

Driving through the desert we saw a small dog that appeared to have been abandoned we turned and when we got back we could not find him,so we sadly drove on.Spotting the Chiricahua Desert Museum we called in and informed them of the dog ,they said not to worry as they had people on the look out for this sort... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

Nice stop - middle of nowhere! Really nice garden area and beautiful gift shop. Make certain to grab a photo in front of the world's largest rattlesnake rattle!!!

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Toronto
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

I found out about this place from watching the TV program Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan and built it into my road trip of New Mexico and Arizona. It is well worth the trip if you detour off of Interstate 10 between Las Cruces and Tucson. The building is bright, large and modern and has an extensive collection of live... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016

While driving through the south AZ desert...and passing through Rodeo NM (on the border between AZ & NM), its worth a stop to check out this unique celebration of the flora, fauna and reptiles of the desert. Bob & Sheri have a great selection of books to help you identify the unique life of this region.

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

When driving south from El Paso or Albuquerque through New Mexico and Arizona to Bisbee, Tombstone or Sierra Vista, don't drive most of the way on the Interstate but take the slower but scenic shortcut over Rodeo. The museum is just at the fork to Portal, two buildings at the east side of the NM80. They have a collection of... More 

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SierraVista, AZ
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016 via mobile

Well thought out authentic scientific natural museum. Reptile central. Pretty good mammalian exhibit, too Friendly staff. Best of all it's inexpensive. Rodeo cafe, a desert delight is only 1 mile south and the entrance to the fantastic Chiricahua Mountains is right across the street.

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Milford, OH
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2016

I went to the Chiricahua Desert Museum with my husband expecting to see animal life and perhaps historical items from the surrounding area. First of all, there many many live reptiles on display. Also, there were various turtle shells, snake bite kits, and zillions of pieces of art work also on display. Those items alone were worth the stop. BUT... More 

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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2016 via mobile

Great stop on the road while birding. The museum has great displays of local artifacts, snake bite kits, and reptiles. The gift shop has just about everything: field manuals on birds, reptiles, geology, local interests; Indian jewelry; souvenirs; and other crafts. A must stop.

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